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Meaning & Definition of Engaged in English

English

Engaged

/ɛngeʤd/

adjective

1. Having ones attention or mind or energy engaged

  • "She keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities"
  • "Deeply engaged in conversation"
    synonym:
  • engaged
  • ,
  • occupied

2. Involved in military hostilities

  • "The desperately engaged ships continued the fight"
    synonym:
  • engaged

3. Reserved in advance

    synonym:
  • booked
  • ,
  • engaged
  • ,
  • set-aside(p)

4. (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability

  • (`engaged' is a british term for a busy telephone line)
  • "Her line is busy"
  • "Receptionists' telephones are always engaged"
  • "The lavatory is in use"
  • "Kept getting a busy signal"
    synonym:
  • busy
  • ,
  • engaged
  • ,
  • in use(p)

5. (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting

  • "The gears are engaged"
  • "Meshed gears"
  • "Intermeshed twin rotors"
    synonym:
  • engaged
  • ,
  • meshed
  • ,
  • intermeshed

6. Having services contracted for

  • "The carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick"
    synonym:
  • engaged

7. Built against or attached to a wall

  • "Engaged columns"
    synonym:
  • engaged

Examples of using

Mary and I are engaged.
We're engaged.
The young widow got engaged once more.